Heart Month

February is American Heart Month!

Join us throughout the month for a variety of events and celebrations to raise awareness and prevent heart disease and stroke.


Go Red on National Wear Red Day

Friday, February 2

Hennepin Healthcare is going red! Wear red on Friday, February 2 to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives. Email photos of your creative efforts to [email protected].

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Acupressure for Stress with Acupuncturist Lucy Kervin

Monday, February 12

12:30pm – 1pm | Clinic & Specialty Center, Stillman Community Room

Learn several acupressure points to reduce stress and participate in a guided meditation. Lucy trained with The Center for Mind Body Medicine and has a passion for teaching people mindfulness techniques and other self-care tools which can help decrease pain, alleviate anxiety and improve energy.

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Zumba with Patient Services Coordinator Deanne Flomo and Low-Impact Aerobics with Office Specialist Yolonda Dowd

Thursday, February 15
12pm – 1pm | Clinic & Specialty Center, Stillman Community Room
Zumba, developed in Colombia, is a fitness program that combines Latin music with dance moves. Low-impact aerobics is perfect for all fitness levels and gently works joints, muscles, and connective tissues. Join Deanne and Yolonda and get your heart moving!

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Healthy Cooking Class

Friday, February 16 | Redleaf Center for Family Healing Kitchen, Purple Building, Level 1

This is for patients by invitation only, but please enjoy the healthy recipes we will be preparing like Four Bean & Pumpkin Chili and Spring Vegetable Rolls with Shrimp.

Celebrate National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week

February 11 - 17

Celebrate the life-saving impact of cardiac rehabilitation. Cardiac rehab plays an important role in reducing the potentially devastating effects of heart disease and improving quality of life for patients and their families. Cardiac rehab combines exercise training, proper nutrition, and education to help those with heart conditions. It helps to speed recovery and strengthens the heart while lowering risk factors for heart disease.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Week coincides with both Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month in an effort to draw greater national attention to heart health.

The Minnesota Department of Health supports cardiac rehab. See the statewide data on cardiac rehab, and the benefits of why it works here.

Save the Date for the Twin Cities Heart Walk this Spring

Saturday, June 1

Walk your heart out with the Hearts of Hennepin Healthcare team and take a stand against heart disease and help save lives on Saturday, June 1. Register for the event. Together, we will protect the hearts we love that are the most vulnerable.

Learn More about Heart Health

The Crucial Interplay of Sleep and Heart Health: Unveiling the Significance of Quality Rest

Read Dr. Ranji Varghese's blog post on this important topic relating sleep and heart health.

Watch Jared's Story

Jared Murphy is a designer and was enjoying an exciting life of a typical, healthy adult male when he suddenly collapsed and died this past Memorial Day. But, he lives to tell his tale.

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The Healthy Matters Podcast

Do you enjoy podcasts? Listen to some of our experts:

David Hilden with headphones and mic at healthy matters Podcast Studio

Ten Ways to Reduce Pain at Work

Catherine Justice, PT, DPT, CST, C-IAYT, E-RYT, is an Integrative Physical Therapist at Hennepin Healthcare and was recently on the Healthy Matters Podcast with her 10 ways to reduce pain at work. All of her ten suggestions are great ones to follow, but many involve what to do if you have a sedentary job that involves a lot of sitting. High amounts of sitting time are associated with increased risks of cardiovascular disease. Check out the blog post or listen to her on David Hilden's Health Matters Podcast. Print or share her Ten Ways.


Cardiology and Oncology; the possible link between the two

Cancer treatments may have an impact on heart health especially if you have heart issues. Dr. Michelle Carlson developed the CardioOncology Program to help manage the two conditions, and explains it in this blog post.